Shoot The Teacher By: David BelbinDuring the couple of days that pass in this book, lots of things happen. A boy in his mid teens becomes to heavy a burden for his mother to carry. She kicks him out. Her divorced husband gets to take care of Adam. Adam and his father, who Adam called Simon, move to a new place with a new school where Simon is a teacher.
The very first day they " re involved in a shooting. But there is more to come! Three people are shot and killed in only a few days. There are many theories of ho committed the killings. Simon is the main suspect, however he " sound innocent.
Instead the find that the murderer is Adam's only friend Naomi, who was the stepdaughter of the first victim. Adam is in the beginning of the book a rebellious young man. The typical teenager in revolt. He's growing his hair long, refusing to go to school and talking back to his mother. He seems to calm down quite a bit though in just a few days.
As a matter of fact, as soon they arrive at the new school, Adamseemes to be more mature and calm. Maybe that's because he doesn't have any friends in the new school, maybe because he feels inferior being the new kid and outsider that he is. Adam's relationship to his father seems to vary a lot. At first Adam looks a this father as if he was a perfect stranger. And he has all rights to do that since they hadn't seen each other att all since Adam was born. Then some kind of a father-son friendship evolves, but I get the feeling that it " sonly because they feel they have to.
When Simon is accused of murder, Adam starts to hate him. Perhaps stop caring about it, is a better way of describing Adam's feelings towards his dad. The author used a technique with many environmental descriptions. He didn't use a lot of fancy words, probably because it is a youth book. I am amazed by the number of times the author used the verb shrug. At least once every other page.
The plot is well written so that you can't tell who the murderer is until the very last page, or at least the last chapter. I usually don't like this kind of books. Actually I don't like books at all. Ienyojed this one though. Once I got started reading it, I could hardly put it down..